POLICE are urging the public to follow the lockdown rules in the search for a missing teenager.

People have been helping in the search to find missing Owen Harding, 16, who was last seen leaving his house on Thursday, despite strict Government measures introduced last week.

Sussex Police are urging people to abide by government guidance "at all times", adding that the authorities will continue the search for the Saltdean teenager.

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A spokesman said: "Police are aware some members of the public are assisting in the search for teenager Owen.

"While we recognise this is a sensitive matter, we are urging everyone to abide by government guidance at all times. Do not put yourself or anyone else at risk."

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a nationwide lockdown, with people only being allowed out of the house for limited purposes.

One form of exercise a day is allowed – for example a run, walk or cycle – alone or with a member of your household.

Those with any medical need or anyone providing care or helping a vulnerable person is also allowed out.

The force spokesman said: "Residents in Saltdean and the surrounding areas are being urged to check any sheds or outbuildings, and contact police if they see Owen. 

"He also has links to the East Riding area of Yorkshire."

Owen is white, about 5ft 9in, of athletic build, with short brown hair.

He normally wears white trainers, tracksuit trousers and a dark hoodie.

Anyone who sees him or knows where he could be is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1198 of 26/03.